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Ex-Man United Defender Patrice Evra Blasts French FA For Racism

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Former Manchester United Defender Patrice Evra. [Courtesy]

Patrice Evra has sensationally accused the French Football Federation of racism as he took aim at president Noel Le Graet.

The Manchester United legend has been left furious by comments made by the 78-year-old where he claimed that racism ‘does not exist in football’.

Le Graet was commenting on the alleged racist remarks from Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez towards Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar earlier this month.

But instead of condemning racism, he instead played down the issue of discrimination in football.

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In an interview with BFM Business, he said: “When a black player scores a goal, the whole stadium is standing.

“The racist phenomenon in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist or hardly exists.”

Evra then lifted the lid on the reaction the black players in the French squad received at Clairefontaine following France’s poor showing at the 2010 World Cup.

He said: “Le Graet must be fired because he really screwed up.

“It’s serious. I have no words.”

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Evra then lifted the lid on the reaction the black players in the French squad received at Clairefontaine following France’s poor showing at the 2010 World Cup.

Evra played 81 times for the French national team between 2004-2016.

The 39-year-old stated: “I am obliged to reply to Noel Le Graet, I’m obliged to speak of the Chateau.

“You know very well what happens there, how many racist letters do we receive?

“One said ‘Didier (Deschamps) take your monkeys and go to Africa’ how many messages like that do we receive?

“Yet, we hide them, I have seen some. We have even received boxes full of feces.”

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Evra then went on to discuss how the FFF used to swap black and white players around when a politician visited Clairefontaine.

He added: “We have assigned places to eat, but every time the president or the politicians came, everything changed.

“I was sitting there and all of a sudden they would put me at the end of the table, where normally Mamadou Sakho and Bacary Sagna were, we had to change.

“They put Hugo Lloris, Laurent Koscielny and the president in the middle, but we knew they were the rules of the game.

“When the president wanted a photo it was better to be with Lloris and Koscielny instead of Sakho or Sagna.”

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Written by Bonface Osano

Communication And Media Student. Sports Writer.

Email: news@kahawatungu.com

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